[dba-SQLServer] Sql monitoring

J- P jnatola at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 23 10:20:00 CDT 2018

Hi all,

Client decided to upgrade from sql express to full sql, the database runs in 2000 compatibility mode, so it is currently sql2008 running on server 2012.

Its a hyperV guest  with 1 vcpu and 8gb of ram (5 gb allocated to sql)

The database is small (~2gb) it has an Access front end and  there are about 40 concurrent users, on multiple occasions the server slows down and the only recourse is restarting sql service.

I have been tasked with "finding out what is wrong" , I'm not a sql admin but having been a network admin for almost 20 years , and having setup numerous commercial sql dbs (Great Plains, Share point, Sage) on much inferior hardware , with much larger databases I have to believe that the problem lies in the DB/FE configuration itself.

Of course the in-house "dba" refuses to believe that, and has always shot me down when suggesting to get a real dba to come to assess the code and make it more efficient, (IMO  it should not 5 to 10 seconds to run a query).

I have setup  some perf counters based on what I have read, in addition I would like to get a tools specifically made for sql that pinpoints where the issue(s) are.

I have budget so it does not have to be free, the two I have been looking at is Solarwinds and ManageEngine

Does anyone have a preference or suggestion?

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